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How to Host a Virtual Event: Tips and Ideas for Online Parties

How to host a virtual event: A table set for a party with a laptop showing a virtual video meeting

There are times in life where we can’t bring everyone together to celebrate those big milestones in person. But, a virtual event can be the ideal answer.

If you’re planning to celebrate a birthday, graduation, or other life event and don’t know where to start, use this guide for how to host a virtual event.
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Your Event Planning Checklist: A Step-by-Step Guide to a Great Event

Event planning: Vintage place settings and floral arrangements on a dining table

You have an event coming up and the pressure is on. It feels as though you have a million things to do, and it’s hard to know where to start. To top things off, hiring a professional event planner is not an option, so the responsibility of getting everything organized is on your shoulders. Don’t worry, we feel you. And we’re here to help.

Whether you’re planning a major corporate event for a hundred attendees, a happy hour with coworkers, or a product launch party with a few dozen VIPs, there are some essential steps you can take to keep planning from getting overwhelming.

Keep in mind that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution since no two events are exactly alike, but having an event planning checklist will help you tackle the task at hand. So, take a deep breath and review this event checklist that includes a general timeline and tips on how to estimate (and reduce) costs. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to rock your event like a boss.
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It’s Party Time! Nail Every Event with This Party Planning Checklist

Party planning: art supplies for a themed party

Whether you’re throwing a birthday bash or setting up a sweet soiree for a baby shower, event planning requires thought and preparation. You need to think about menu items, party decor, the guest list, and entertainment. From the smallest event to the largest, hosting a memorable party comes down to effective planning. With all the excitement and a seemingly endless mountain of to-dos, it’s easy to forget things.

Don’t stress. We’ve done the hard work for you. With this handy party planning checklist, you can go step-by-step so nothing gets missed. From your bestie’s birthday party to an elaborate engagement celebration, here’s everything you need to do to host an event your guests are sure to love.
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How to Ace Your Dinner Invitation for a Delicious First Taste

Six dinner invitations laid out on a marble countertop

One of the best ways to bring people together is to share good food and drinks. Whether you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for the whole family or inviting close friends for an impressive Italian feast, sending a dinner party invitation is a fun way to start the celebration.

In this guide, we’ll take you through dinner party essentials like when to send invites and what to include, as well as some tips on how to make the process easier. We’ll also share our favorite dinner invitation designs to inspire you.
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5 Virtual Party Ideas to Have the Time of Your Life in Your Living Room

Virtual parties: A woman watches a concert on her laptop

You pick up the phone and FaceTime your mom, then hang up and do the same with your grandmother. You toast your former college roommates with your respective glasses of wine over Zoom. And in between the multiple group texts that vehemently picked up over the past few days, you send a free, online yoga video to your coworkers over Slack.

Social distancing may try to keep us apart, but the internet offers new ways to come together. Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the emergence of the “virtual party” allows people the freedom to come together from the comfort of their own, respective living rooms. From online cocktail parties to cook-offs to “group” fitness classes, people’s Google calendars are filling up with virtual events.

And we are here for it.

As a 100% digital platform, we love using online technology to bringing people together. We wholeheartedly believe these virtual parties can keep us connected — even while keeping us (a safe distance) apart.
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Cancelling Events Because of Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

Canceling events because of coronavirus: A woman with her phone, laptop, and a cup of coffee

From South by Southwest, to Coachella, to the Kentucky Derby, people around the world are cancelling events because of coronavirus. And while your personal guest list might not span hundreds of thousands of people, cancelling memorials, weddings, and college graduations can feel, well …

Honestly, we’re struggling to find the words to describe it. Shocking. Mournful. And maybe a little frustrating that this sudden outbreak cancelled one of your greatest life events.

With flights cancelled around the globe, college students told to pack up and leave campus, and the Governor of California telling all residents to stay home, many people are uncertain when, or even if, these major milestones will be rescheduled.

At Greenvelope, we empathize. We may have a 100% digital product, but at the end of the day we love bringing people together. With everyone currently staying home and focusing on health and safety — a move we support — you’ll need to modify or cancel your plans. We understand the disappointment you must be feeling, but we remain hopeful. We’ll get through this.

We don’t know how or when our “normal lives” will resume. In the meantime, this guide is meant to help you reschedule events you’ve had to cancel due to the coronavirus. In addition, we’re offering a few ideas to help you digitally gather with friends and loved ones — ensuring a safe, six-foot distance apart.
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10 Kid’s Birthday Invitations Even an Adult Would Envy

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We have zero shame in saying this: We’re a big group of kids who never grew up. And for that reason, designing (and sending) kid’s birthday invitations is sorta our jam.

Because while adult birthday parties are nice, we’d choose a bouncy house over a cocktail bar any day. And when you think of all the go-to kid’s party themes — pool parties, skating parties, bowling parties — you’re low-key humming the tune to Our Favorite Things.

So if you’re searching high and low for the best kid’s birthday invitations, just sit back and relax. We have a whole collection of designs that will make you want to party.
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7 of the Most Adorable Unicorn Invitations

Unicorn invitations surrounded by pink glitter and a fairy wand

Is there anything more fun than a unicorn party? From tiny toddlers to unicorn-obsessed teens, these colorful mythical creatures are here to stay in a big way. We’re not surprised — there are so many creative ways to throw a unicorn- or rainbow-themed party.

Whether you’re hosting a laid-back get-together at home or an all-out themed celebration, there’s a party and invitation out there for every unicorn lover. Here are some of our top unicorn invitations to get your party started, along with our planning ideas to make your unicorn party stand out.
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10 Housewarming Party Invitations to Make a House Feel Like Home

A woman looks around her new kitchen

You’ve waited your whole life to decorate your home. You thought about painting the walls your favorite shade of gray, picking out a new backsplash for the kitchen, and decorating the new mantel. And now, it’s real — keys in your hand, lease or mortgage signed, name printed on the mailbox — you can’t wait to break in the place. The next step? Sending out those housewarming party invitations and getting your family, friends, and new neighbors over to scope out the new digs.

There are so many reasons to celebrate a new home. You can hang up photographs of your loved ones to turn that plain, white wall into a montage of all the things that make you happy. You can buy that gorgeous velvet ottoman you’ve been eyeing. And you can keep your favorite, fancy beer stocked in the fridge because you’re an adult like that — and have the freshly signed lease or mortgage to prove it.

To make your house (or apartment, condo, or townhouse — you get our drift) feel like home, fill it with the people you love most. Here are 10 fun housewarming party invitations to help you do just that.
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Baby Sprinkle Invitations to Celebrate Your Newest Arrival

A digital baby sprinkle invitation on a tablet next to baby toys

Who says the first baby has to get all the celebrations? Chances are for baby number one, you had a gender reveal, baby shower, and maybe even a sip-and-see. A sprinkle shower is a wonderful way to welcome your second (third, fourth, or fifth) baby and celebrate your growing family with your loved ones.

But unlike your first all-out shower, a baby sprinkle is a bit more laid back. You’ll want to communicate that through your baby sprinkle invitations so guests know they aren’t expected to spend big on a gift or show up dressed to the nines. We’ve outlined exactly how to do that and suggested some pretty dang cute invitations to celebrate your new baby.
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